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Acropolis and Ancient Theater

north end of Sparta, Sparta, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 7 Attractions in Sparta
Type: Ancient Ruins
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Situated on a hillside just outside the town centre is a Roman amphitheatre and a jumble of stones that are. apparently, the ancient Acropolis of Sparta. There's no signage or visitor's centre, and you can't really get any feel for what the site might have looked like in the hey-day of Sparta in the 5th century BC.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I really wanted to see Sparta for its historic value but honestly I'm not Hellenistic enough to appreciate scattered ruins like this. They are just behind the Leonidas statue. Going in this region allowed us to discover the less known Mystra which was wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I was really keen on visiting the historic location of Sparta, given the important role that city state played in Greek history. It is quite a nice experience, and you can wander the site as you please, and there are very few other travellers around, and no sight of tour groups. Very little of the city has actually been dug... More

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Sparta, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The remains of some digs, without information signage, overlooks the Roman ampitheater and town; this site is pleasant for walking in but without a personal guide it will be difficult to gain much of archaeological or historical knowledge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Some signs directing you to the ruins amongst the olive groves but no other description of the various ruins. The excavations are in progress though so eventually it will be more organized.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The acropolis and theatre are atmospheric sites that I visited some years ago. Since then some excavation work has uncovered more of the acropolis and this looks interesting. Unfortunately the theatre seems to have suffered from vandalism and neglect.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

After tromping on so many preserved theaters and agoras, this one was a bust. The rock had all been harvested centuries ago to build Sparta. What is left is a scoop out of the earth that could have been a theater or a small meteor strike. The acropolis was, as defined, on top of a hill, but there was so... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Completely open site that you can just wander around. Perhaps a few information boards would help to explain what you are seeing but delightful to walk around

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We visited the site in the middle of the day and had the whole place to ourselves. Although there aren't a lot of rocks left in place it had a great atmosphere and you can imagine the theatre built into the side of the hill. You get a real sense of space. Sit under the trees and image the audience... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

Not much to see in town in terms of spartan architecture. This may as well be the only thing left. I took more pictures of the stadium and its Leonidas statue than I did of the entire ruins complex. If you have an urge to visit Sparta, may as well drop in here, otherwise go directly to Mystras.

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